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SMC has the ingredients for food industry hygiene

The food manufacturing industry is continuing to clean up with ever
tighter hygiene standards and regulations. There are an array of
international and domestic systems and standards in place which set the
benchmark for trade. These systems and standards are not only a challenge
for food industry manufacturers but also component providers, such as SMC.

Companies need to stay one step ahead to ensure their products are fully
compliant with the latest guidelines whilst still providing the
flexibility to adapt to individual needs – and this was the challenge
facing SMC when a customer asked them to develop a bespoke cylinder for a
tomato sauce packaging machine.

Due to the proximity of the cylinder to the tomato sauce and the
requirement for aseptic processing, the cylinder had to operate without
any risk of contamination from bronze particles which could be generated
by the operating cylinder. SMC’s CG5 was the ideal solution. The CG5 has
a clean profile featuring stainless steel 316 SUS as standard, which is
resistant to chemical-based cleaning agents and is easy to clean. By
exporting technical ideas from clean room applications in the
semiconductor industry, SMC’s R&D team modified the CG5 to meet the
customer’s needs. They adapted the standard cylinder to withstand
operating temperatures of 80°C and introduced a specially adapted vacuum
relief port on the head cover with double rod sealing, to remove bronze
particles.

SMC’s Product Promotions Manager, Pete Humphreys, explained: "We offer a
range of hygienic solutions for the food industry and have a growing
reputation for taking the lead in terms of innovation. We have built our
business over the last 50 years based not only on the quality of our
pneumatic products, but also on first class customer relationships –
proven by listening to their needs and delivering tailor-made solutions."

Other products in SMC’s range for food industry manufacturers include
stainless steel one-touch fitting and speed controllers, featuring FKM
seal material. These products are ideal for processes with water splashes
as well as for applications that use chemicals for washing. They are
capable of operating within a broad range of temperatures, from -5 to
150°C.

For those requiring a contamination-controlled regulator, SMC’s SRH series
is specially designed using stainless steel (SUS316), making it
corrosion-resistant. The Hygienic Namur Interface Valves are designed to
conform to VDMA Standard, IP67 and operate within ambient and fluid
temperatures of -10 to 60°C.

With many more products in the Food Industry range and with over 11,000
basic products and more than 600,000 variations, SMC is recognised as the
global technology leader in the pneumatics industry. As well as
‘off-the-shelf" solutions, the company also offers bespoke solutions for
the specific needs of its customers.

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